Monday, 12 October 2015

Gnu's on the Blog: Trash'd New Wave Festival Hastings, TV Smith, Big Gold Dream,Caledonian Connections, The Bees, Videos, Lots of Photographs,UFOs,David Bowie, Lighthouse Family,The Golden Ass, Bedrock, North Devon Travelogue, Damien Hirst 'Verity', Upcoming Subway Sect gigs - Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Manchester,Newcastle,Liverpool & Eastbourne & More.

TRASH'D Punky Monkey 2015 - Great photograph by Mark Richards - Caption suggestions?

It's been over a month since Vic and the Sect's gig at Fibber Magees so, in case I forgot any details, I wrote a blog page, including how Vic and Subway Sect nearly ended up a three piece combo for their first gig in Ireland!   

Read about the Sect's twenty one hours in Dublin,  Jock Scot at the  Heavenly Social accompanied by Nectarine No 9, beautiful photographs of Jock by Peter Tainsh.  (More of Peter's photographs below)  

There is also the beginnings of a compilation of Vic's Caledonian connections and if anyone has any info to add please do in comments or send to Vic. Cheers.

What a Luvverley Day We Had Beside The Sea!

TRASH'D NEW WAVE FESTIVAL Punky Monkey The Brass Monkey 3rd October 2015

More photographs by Trash'd official photographer Mark Richards: 

Trash'd Punky Monkey 2015 by Mark Richards

What a night of delights at Trash'd Punky Monkey at The Brass Monkey in Hastings and full of lovely people, Ben, Keith, Sandra, Amanda, Sue G, Tracey, Lee, Jem, Shelley and Phil, John G, Tim Smith, Grant McPhee, to name just a few. This Is Punk Brighton' opened  with Kevin and Tug Phipps' short film, a fascinating introduction in to the birth of punk in Brighton. I'd never heard of The Vault, only dedicated punk spirit(!) would have seen the opportunities - electricity, free rehearsal and performance spaces, as opposed to the disadvantages of these cemetery vaults, with many relics still in situ or spilling out of their coffins.
PS Talking of punk in Brighton Spinningchilli gigs Peel Night is on on Saturday 17th October in Brighton with Piranhas Four, I, Ludicrous, Helen McCookerybook and Simon & the Pope:  
Next up the wonderful 'Big Gold Dream' film, the story of the birth, the highs and the lows of Scottish post punk, enjoyed it as much if not more second time around (see June? blog), Grant McPhee, Innes Reekie and everyone involved deserve all the accolades and screenings. See it if it's showing near you or make a special trip if it's not or clamour for it to be shown in your neck of the woods. Extensive interview with Grant about Big Gold Dream:
and more about the film and screenings:

Bob Last on Fast Product's influence on Factory, video courtesy of Grant. 

BOB from grant mcphee on Vimeo.

Very pleased to have met Tim Smith, no side, a heart of punk and he is a man after our own DIY gnu inc minded selves, got a few tips off him as well! His performance pulled the attentive audience in close, they want to hear all his words and the appreciation and affection felt for TV Smith was palpable. Video below -  'No Time To Be 21' courtesy of Trash'd's Keith Rodway.

Great set from the Sect and despite a somewhat disorganised sound check the sound was brilliant. Groovin' Best Album from Vic, Mark, Kevin and Ian filmed by Lee McFadden. More videos of the night by Lee and Tracey Holloway:

and storming 'Ambition', video courtesy of Trash'd.

More of Peter Tainsh's photographs from the night here:

Throughout the night we had a great set of tunes courtesy of DJ Sue Grant, in fact Vic commented that it was the best DJ set he's heard at one of his gigs. You can listen to DJ Sue's show live on Shoreditch Radio on Mondays 6-8pm -
and you can catch up with the podcasts of previous shows on mixcloud, defy you not to have a wiggle even if you're listening sitting down - Northern Soul, Soul, 60's, Rhythm n Blues & more.

 STOOL PIGEON - recorded by the gnu.

Filmed a bit of starling murmuration on the beach at Hastings, decided to put the camera down and watch the next 20 minutes of aeronautical acrobatics before they all swooped down for the last time on to the pier to roost, just after the sun set. Awe inspiring.

Next Up Live Wise- 7 More Subway Sect Specials To Come in 2015

Friday 13th November Vic and Subway Sect & The Sexual Objects The Admiral Glasgow
Vic's hoping to fit in recording his contribution to Port Sulphur's 'Olive Branch' while he's in Glasgow and look out for his guest blog for Glasgow Music City Tours, around 9th November.

And Saturday 14th November heading east for another night of Sect/SOBs magic at the Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh

THEN Sunday 15th November Vic and the Sect are looking forward to being back in Dundee again to play for Andy Wood at Beat Generator LIVE! with Special Guests Stoor. Look out for Vic's interview with Andy wood for Manic Pop Thrills nearer the date.

The VG & SS Zig Zag Weekender kicks off in Manchester on 26th November with a Marc Riley session on BBC 6 Music followed by Dandy Presents at Gullivers with Teesside's finest Pellethead (the only levitating group I've come across) joining Subway Sect. Get your tickets now, it's Red Hot!


27th November heading over the Penines to Newcastle for another Children of Godard Special with POST, El Cid and DJ Johny Brown, promises to be another memorable COG (last year had stage invasion!) If you want one of the fab tickets on the left:

 28th November it's back to Liverpool for the event that is Bernie Connor's Birthday, The Shipping Forecast with The Floormen, Rongorongo, Brasshaus, DJs Bernie and Richard Hector-Jones. Don't think anyone's going to forget Bernie's birthday celebrations this year! Tickets available EXCLUSIVELY from Probe Records.

Last gig of the year......almost certainly!

5th December Bah Humbug Christmas Special
Under Ground Theatre Eastbourne
The Vinyl Frontier Eastbourne Presents Subway Sect with Special Guests The Wolfhounds and The Legend, Everett True PLUS DJ Jon Slade. Tickets from The Vinyl Frontier and:

The Gnapstones consider stopping for a brontoburger at Bedrock City Drive In on their way west.

We had a couple of days exploring a bit of North Devon, stunning coastline and scenery, some seriously scary narrow, very bendy roads, lots of walking, lots of crab. Below are the views from our room at the Lynton Cottage Hotel. I think I'd liken this to a luxury B+B  more than a full blown hotel, the staff were all very helpful and welcoming, room roomy, all have sea views and some have bijou balconies, we did not have the most comfortable mattress, you have to order your dinner by 6pm at the latest and have to sit down for it between 6.45pm and 7.30pm. I wondered if they had a sous chef on site at night as most of the dishes are along the lines of  casseroles apart from the crab, which we had. I can't comment on the other things on offer like Exmoor venison in red wine although they appeared to be going down well in the full restaurant.
Road kill? It is possible, in Dorset, Wareham Forest area, I know of someone who supplies pubs/hotels/restaurants with deer meat from roadkill. We got a whole, largish, crab each, all the hard work done, (portions are large in the West Country) served  with salad and bread, not a lot of seasoning/dressing however they were happy to provide mayonnaise on request (not had toast with smoked salmon before, my starter, interesting mix of textures). You can opt to eat at one of the restaurants in Lynton, minutes away on foot, as you discover on the drive here, you would be insane to drive on the surrounding roads after dark to go anywhere else. The staff, the location, the room, the grounds and the views did it for me and I definitely recommend a stay here if you are visiting North Devon.

SPOOKY! (The faint lights in the distance are in Wales!)

Lynmouth is a small village with huge scenery surrounding it. A practical point - it has no cash machines that we could find, which we discovered after walking the 600 metres down the steep and sometimes very steep path from Lynton to Lynmouth and then having to walk back up again as we had no cash for the lift!. The video clip is the West Lyn, the smallest of three rivers that flow into Lynmouth, the East Lyn is the one in the bottom right photo above and Hoar Oak Water meets the East Lyn at Watersmeet further up the road.

Ilfracombe and 'VERITY'

Ilfracombe is a pretty seaside village (used to be a fishing village however little sign of any fishing activity now) and it didn't look like it had changed much since I was a teenager EXCEPT for, standing tall (66ft) and proud at the entrance to the harbour is Verity, a Damian Hirst sculpture, her stance based on Edgar Degas' La Petite Danseuse and although I'm loath to admit it (not what you'd call a fan of Mr H's work) Verity is magnificent. The  statue is on loan to Ilfracombe for twenty years, not everyone sees this as a boon.
I wonder if Ilfracombe is destined to be the next Padstein? Mr Hirst has opened a restaurant and shop so far. Hirstcombe or Ilfrahirst? 

Another Ilfracombe Find - St James Tea Room 10 St James Place.

We had the HUGE afternoon tea, absolutely scrummy however way too much for us in one go and we were offered doggy bags for what we couldn't eat. A bargain at £9.50 pp, highly recommend, dogs welcome at the courtyard tables.

 The South West Coast Path, Lynton to the Valley of the Rocks - I wouldn't recommend this if you suffer from vertigo, I got to the point where your choices are to go round a headland where the path gets narrower and the drop even sheerer or scramble steeply upwards so, after having a rest on a rock and a visual reconnoiter I made the decision that discretion was definitely the better part of valour and we turned back, me leaning to starboard, eyes averted from the drop and gripping the grass bank the whole way (just thankful I wasn't reduced to all fours which has happened before!).

Headed home along the scenic North Devon in to Somerset route (A39 to M5), Porlock, Blue Anchor Bay, Dunster (we didn't go into the castle, £11 each plus £2.50 for car park unless you're a National Trust member), Watchet, etc, all in all this part of North Devon/North Somerset well worth a visit.

Serendipitous Miscellany

The Bees by Laline Paull
An extraordinary book, very hard to adequately describe, you need to actively engage your brain with the hive way of life and it is hard as a reader not to anthropomorphise the bees, however, if you don't this is a fascinating, inciteful and an erudite interpretive story about the life of bees. It is impossible not to feel empathy  particularly if you are a woman however I wouldn't call this a feminist tome at all. I held bees in high regard before I read this and my respect, admiration and, frankly, awe at what they achieve against all the odds has increased tenfold and has made me want to read more about these incredible creatures. The book has left me with a residual guilt about the way we treat bees (no bad thing), stealing their food supplies. Highly, highly recommend.

Vic just finished The Golden Ass or Metamorphoses of Lucius Apuleius, a whole different kettle of fish, the only novel in Latin to have survived in it's entirety since the late 2nd century AD, man is transformed in to an ass, suffers trials and tribulations and then................I've removed the spoiler about the outcome, in case I ruined the anticipation of finding out yourselves! Do I hear a song coming on?

Vic auditions for the part of Sganarelle in Molière's Le Médecin malgré lui.

 13th November 2015 on Cicada Books - The Bag I'm in: Underground Music and Fashion in Britain 1960 - 1990 by Sam Knee, follows his acclaimed book A Scene In Between and is it's ideal companion piece, another fascinating collection of photographs brought together very cleverly by Mr Knee to tell this evocative, sartorial story, includes one of Vic circa 1975, see it and others on Sam Knees guest blog for Glasgow Music City Tours.
And pre-order it here at Monorail:

I thought I liked Jack Savaretti........ however apart from the following what I've listened to is not my cup of tea at all.
I initially thought Mr Savaretti was comparable to The Lighthouse Family, vocals Tunde Baiyewu and keyboards Paul Tucker (met at Newcastle University), I realised I got that wrong on re-listening to 'Ocean Drive'. Vic's got FIVE mixes of this, one of which has a dire Roger Troutman homage on, the 'Linslee Remix' 1996, which he tricked me in to playing on youtube, only for a few seconds though. Do I like vocoders? No, I do not. If you do, Ocean Drive Troutmanised:
and below the original-

                                                              The Window Ledge Books

These are my window ledge books, some my read again and again and others books I've tried to read over the decades but not managed to finish yet, guess which! There are also the bedside table books, current reading/dipping in to; the bookshelves books, read and odd unread, outside chance of reading again/dipping in to; the cupboard book case books, reference, old, odds and sods and the garage books,occasional forays resulting in 'I forgot I had that, must read again'.

 When and why did the plural of guy start being used as a noun for either sex while the singular of the noun has remained steadfastly a male domain? Tad sexist wouldn't you say? There must be some non gender specific term for when you're talking to/with a mixed group of girls/boys or women/men (other than remembering everyone's name)? Peeps? Anyway I am not a guy I am a free gnu.

Another of Vic & the gnu by Alan Horne

I'll leave you 'You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies' by Dana Valery (heard it on DJ Sue's show)

and a variety of other things for your lugholes covering Punk to Soul and all stops between
Any of Joe McKechnie's DJ Sets

The Bedazzled Hour with Spike Priggen on WGXC 90.7FM, community radio station based in New York’s Greene and Columbia counties.

The Dave & Lee Travesty Show on Croydon Radio

The Mad Hatties Show and Dee Time on Scotland69 AM

DJ Sue on Shoreditch Radio

Sonic Diary on Salford City Radio with Stephen Doyle

Club Integral Radio Show with the Earl of Killorglin & Andrew Scott-Bolton 

 STOP PRESS........It's been a monumental rite of passage and now it's nearly here - Derek Philpotts 'Dear Mr Kershaw' letters to pop stars and their replies, is on it's way and it's going to be THE book on everyone's Christmas list. Reviews:…/15582-book-review-dear-mr-kersh……/derek_philpott_dear_mr_kershaw_i…/…/dear-mr-kershaw-pensioner-w… 
Read about the journey and buy from Friday 16th October from Plane Groovy:

STOP STOP PRESS.........Strange flashing lights appear in the western sky, UFO spotted, leaving the mother ship perhaps?

Couldn't resist.

and sort of links to one of my favourite David Bowie songs -

and just because I like it, going to stop now though, could keep going for a while with Mr B!
'Won't Turn Back' in all it's far!
I know I've posted a couple of these in different blogs  before, here they are together:
Original from End Of The Surrey People with Douglas Hart video. 
Won't Turn Back - Dennis Bovell Dub Version, was on the1993 Postcard CD single.

And Murray Ramone's brilliant Vic and Edwyn duet mix

Now looking forward to Murray's Vic/Edwyn/Dennis mix!!

Really is all until next time. 

Vic Godard & Subway Sect Tour Dates & Tickets

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Gnu's on Blog: Aylan Kurdi #refugeeswelcome; Labour Party Leadership; Jersey Boys;Frankie Valli;Subway Sect Gig Updates;Big Gold Dream Screenings;Iconic Foreign Language Films,Can,Elton John,Count Five,Kinks,Jock Scot & Nectarine No 9,Port Sulphur,Bossa Nova,Books, Paul D Brazil, Derek Philpott,Harper Lee, AA Milne and more......,,


These two beautiful boys WERE Aylan Kurdi, three years old and his five year old brother Galip, together with their father and mother Rihan  they fled the terror in Syria, travelling hundreds of miles hoping to find refuge and respite from the horrors of war. 

Three of them didn't make it. Their overcrowded boat left a beach on the Bodrum peninsula last Wednesday, bound for Kos, a mere two miles away, however the boat capsized soon after leaving. Aylan was found washed back on to a Bodrum beach like a piece of flotsam. I hope this photograph haunts us all and acts as a reminder of what happens when we lose our humanity.

Please lobby your MP to take action now:

As Per, it's People leading the way #refugeeswelcome
If you are on FB in the UK join this group to find out how you can help with the refugee crisis locally:
Thanks for the info 'Jane Barnes'.

for Jeremy Corbyn to be the next leader of the Labour Party (Andy Burnham 2nd, Yvette Cooper 3rd and Mrs Thatcher's ghost, sorry, Liz Kendall 4th) because of his  experience; his willingness to raise issues of public concern that others have devolved responsibility for to the private sector, yet still subsidise from the public purse - the NHS, Education, Transport, etc; his understanding that neither people fleeing from war zones nor economic migrants are the problem, it's the state of their countries together with the totally ineffective response to the hellish situations that this country helped to create; his willingness to go against the current seemingly global zeitgeist that 'Any and All Economies' can only thrive if we cave in and accept the terms that global corporations and multi-billionaires lay down for us for having the 'privilege' of them investing and doing business with us, ie no tax payable on their profits, limitless amounts of cash transferred in with impunity, funny how it's never money laundering when a non-dom does it. I have a sneaking suspicion Mr Blair secretly backs Mr Corbyn as he's kept putting his oar in and every time he has there's been a spike in support for Mr Corbyn. Mr Blair can't have forgotten what most of us think about invading Iraq in 2003, of the 219,000 dead to date including combatants plus the subsequent global fall out (see above).
PS Mr Corbyn won with a record breaking 59% in the first round! 

Looking for Psychotic Reaction by Count Five I came across this play list which starts with it, has some totally spaced/rocked out speedy Kinks' songs.

It's been a really weird, though quite pleasurable, experience getting emails from the candidates and their supporters, seeing all these MPs and politicians names filling the inbox. My particular favourite is from John Prescott, which although it started with 'Hello Comrade' it then rather disappointingly turned in to a plea for Master Burnham.......and yet, curiously, Mr Prescott proposed Mr Corbyn.


10 Stonking Subway Sect shows coming up over the next three months
Poster design by Andy Wood
Two new November dates confirmed!
26th November Manchester - Dandy Presents at Gullivers with Teesside's legendary Pellethead, they're building quite a history playing with Vic and Subway Sect! (see above)
Tickets £8.50 (+ plus 50p booking fee):

15th November Dundee - Vic delighted to be back playing at Beat Generator Live! with Very Special Guests STOOR
Tickets are £8.00 (+ booking fee) from Groucho’s, Dundee and online from
Look out for updates here:

Subway Sect L-R - Kevin Younger, Ian Holford & Mark Braby by 'Jane Barnes' 2015

It all kicks off at Fibber Magees Dublin next week! Then 03/10 Trash'd Cannes Punky Monkey,Hastings, 16/10 Miss Peapod Falmouth, Sounds in the Suburbs Sect/SOBs in Glasgow 13/11 & Edinburgh 14/11, 15/11 Beat Generator Live! Dundee, 26/11 Dandy Presents at Gullivers Manchester, 27/11 Children of Godard Presents at The Cumberland Newcastle, 28/11 Bernie Connors Birthday The Shipping Forecast Liverpool (tickets available from Probe Records 12/11, in person only, I think it's going to be a memorable birthday!) and the finale 5th December - The Vinyl Frontier Bah Humbug Xmas Special at Under Ground Theatre Eastbourne. All details and ticket info here:   and in video below.

STOP PRESS...........Grant McPhee's Sound of Young Scotland film Big Gold Dream hits the festivals!
I think an apt subtitle for this fascinating and enlightening film would be 'how the sound of Young Scotland begat the post punk sound of Young UK', you'll know what I mean once you've seen it (info on premiere at EIFF in blog before last).

10th/12th September Cambridge Film Festival
18th September Dunoon Film Festival
2nd October Doc'N Roll Film Festival London
2nd/4th October Raindance London
3rd October Trash'd New Wave Festival Hastings (Vic,Sect & TV Smith also on the menu, among other things)
9th October Southside Film Festival Glasgow
Keep an eye out for the exclusive promo videos for each screening, this is the one for Raindance:

Big Gold Dream - Human League Split from grant mcphee on Vimeo.

14th September Forever Heavenly Presents An Evening with Jock Scot at The Social 5 Little Portland St London W1W 7JD

Jock Scot in conversation with Robert Rubbish and live performance with Davy Henderson and Nectarine No 9/The Sexual Objects.

PS Some lovely photographs of a memorable night by Peter Tainsh:

In September's Leither magazine Davy Henderson (A Trash Icon)......

Latest ear worm Fast Boys and Factory Girls Port Sulphur. A little bird told me that Vic and Davy Henderson may be collaborating on a song with Port Sulphur!!

Go and see the Jersey Boys musical if you're a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons fan, or even if you're not. I'm not a fan of the formulaic musical and the only reason I went to Jersey Boys was Vic has been wanting to see it for ages and I got tickets for his birthday treat. This is NOT formulaic, you forget just how brilliant the construction of Bob Gaudio's melodies are, as Vic says "no flabbiness there" and the songs are very cleverly used to accompany the story. Infectiously entertaining, hugely talented cast and musicians and special mention for Michael Watson and the extraordinary range, clarity and purity of his voice and it looks effortless. As a general rule I don't do audience participation (only unwillingly - aged six, picked out by spotlight in room full of holidaymakers.....the compere wouldn't move on until I sang the chorus of La Bamba, scarred for life) however I'll admit I was out of my seat and dancing* at the end of Jersey Boys and left the theatre on a natural high.   

A word of caution - it would not be fair to compare them to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons!
My personal favourite - Beggin'                                                                                                 

* The only other musical show I've been to that got me up and dancing was Lady Salsa

I was listening to Marc Riley ( ) and this track came on, I hadn't heard it before and didn't hear who it was. I was blown away, particularly by the drumming, thought it was a drummer plus a drum machine and thought it was contemporary!! So it turns out I do like prog rock! 


Go Set A Watchman Harper Lee
I imagine like many for whom Atticus Finch has been an icon of integrity and heroism since childhood (Gregory Peck didn't help) I was reluctant to read this book, who needs another illusion shattered. However I serendipitously happened upon this reading of Go Set A Watchman
and am so pleased I did because this book provides a new insight and the missing link to To Kill A Mockingbird and in fact makes you appreciate even more Harper Lee's skill in producing this masterpiece of narration, and after you read (or listen to) Go Set A Watchman you realise she is revealing that even when it is the adult Jean Louise talking in To Kill A Mockingbird she is still thinking as the child at the time of telling and unflinchingly brings home that if you stick someone on a very high pedestal you are doing both of you a  disservice and doomed to disillusion and disappointment until you accept the inescapable, we're all human and fallible. And then, hopefully, you grow up.

 Two publications to look forward to in 2016 from Paul D Brazil, author of Guns Of Brixton  (Caffeine Nights Publishing). Mr Brazil has gathered his short stories in to a moreishly noir collection in 'The Last Laugh, and Other Shots Of Noir' published by All Due Respect Books and  'Cold London Blues', also published by Caffeine Nights, a lyrically inspired tale of darkness!

Confession Corner -  "My name is the gnu and I am an Elton John fan" (1973/4)
I admit I owned Tumbleweed Connection, Honky Château, Madman Across The Water, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player (my friend Annette and I learned to jive to Crocodile Rock). Buying Goodbye Yellow Brick Road LP made me realise I had reached the end of my Elton John road and total abstention was the only recourse. My only lapse since then is B B B Bennie and The Jets.

 If Derek Philpott's book of letters to pop stars 'Dear Mr Kershaw' and their replies, hasn't come up on your radar yet, then now is the time. It's been a stentorian effort by all concerned getting this fascinating and funny gem of a book in to print, you will be amazed at the roll call of contributors. Read about the book and  pre-order from Plane Groovy here:
A Very Special Mention for Jean Philpott and her pop star (and other) pottery masterpieces.  Philpottery -
First Review!

Me and Vic by Alan Horne 1990s - Not sure what we were mesmerised by,Vic thinks it's a cat.

A Selection of Some Of My Favourite Iconic Foreign Language Films
The following are ten of my favourite foreign language films, they are also some of my favourite films ever. After Diva they are in no particular order of popularity:

1. Diva (1981) Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix 
Starring Frederic Andrei, Richard Bohringer & Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez (the 'Diva')and many more. The serpentine plot leads to a warm friendship between Jules (Frederic Andre, mobilette riding postal delivery boy) and the reclusive diva Cynthia Hawkins. Stunning,stylised  cinematography by Philipe Rousselot)
The Chase Scene:
The whole Russian! 

2.. The Lacemaker (1977) Directed by Claude Garetta and starring the hauntingly beautiful Isabelle Huppert*. A Tragedy in Shakespearean terms.

3. La Antena (2007) Directed by Esteban Sapir and featuring Valeria Bertucceli, Alejandro Urdapiletta, Julieta Cardinal, Rafael Ferro and Florencia Raggi. A very clever film, beautifully shot in black and white and whilst paying homage to the silent-era it's concerns are definitely 21st century. In La Antena a city struck dumb struggles to overcome its oppressor, the tyrannical capitalist, Mr TV.
The whole film!

4. Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) an autobiographical 1987 film written, produced and directed by Louis Malle  set at a boys' boarding school in France 1943-44. Heartwrenching.
5. Two Women (La Ciociara) (1960) Directed by Vittorio De Sica and starring Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Eleonora Brown, Carlo Ninchi. The film was adapted by De Sica and Cesare Zavattini from the novel of the same name written by Alberto Moravia. The story is fictional, but based on actual events during what the Italians called Marocchinate, a term applied to women who were victims of the mass rape and killings committed during World War II after the Battle of Monte Cassino. Unlike any other Sophia Loren film you may have seen, harrowing.

6. Solaris (1972) Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky and starring , , , based on the book by Stanislaus Lem.The film is often compared to 2001 A Space Odyssey, erroneously in my opinion, I find 2001 tediously boring and despite several attempts I have not yet managed to stay awake through  the whole of it, despite several attempts. Tarkovsky's film on the other hand is a brilliant and original science-fiction epic that challenges our perceptions and conceptions about love, truth, and humanity itself.
This is the whole film with subtitles. 
PS The George Clooney remake doesn't even come close.

7. The Tin Drum - Die Blechtrommel (1979) is an adaptation of the book by Günter Grass, directed and co-written by Volker Schlöndorff and starring , , as the Matzeraths. The film is set in Danzig in the 1920s/30s and is the surreal and darkly humourous story of Oskar M, who, at the age of three decides not to grow up in protest at the events occurring around him as the Second World War looms. Trailer below.

8. Cinema Paradiso (1988) Directed by  Giuseppe Tornatore and starring , Antonella Attili and Salvatore Cascio,Marco Leonardi and Jacques Perrin as Salvatore Di Vita at different ages. Captivating and enchanting, telling the story of how a film maker's life long love affair with film began at his local village cinema and of the lasting friendship forged with the cinema's projectionist. No subtitles in this version, I think there are some films that you don't notice that you can't understand the language.

9. Les Diaboliques (1955) Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot and starring Simone SignoretVéra Clouzot and  Paul Meurisse. Based on the book 'Celle Qui N'était Plus (She Who Was No More) by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac. Gives Mr Hitchcock a run for his money.

10.  The Red Balloon (1956) Written and Directed by Albert Lamorisse, cinematography Edmond Séchan and music by Maurice Leroux. One young french boy's adventures with an errant red balloon on the streets of Paris. Thirty minutes of pure joy.

I could have gone for The Enigma of Caspar Hauser, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Cant, Aguirre Wrath of God, Les Quatre Cents Coups, Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Jules et Jim, Nosferatu, La Dolce Vita, Das Boot, Savage Nights, Le Grand Meaulnes, Les Enfants Terrbible, The Damned or any number of others including Loulou (1980), directed by Maurice Pialat and starring Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu, before he metamorphosed into an ogre, had a bit of a crush on him after seeing this, hard to believe now.

 When I was very young my introduction to poetry came from A.A. Milne (1882-1956) and his two volumes of children's poetry When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. 

One of my favourite poems still is:

Disobedience by A A Milne

James James
Morrison Morrison
Weatherby George Dupree
Took great
Care of his Mother,
Though he was only three.
James James Said to his Mother,
"Mother," he said, said he;
"You must never go down
to the end of the town,
if you don't go down with me."
James James
Morrison's Mother
Put on a golden gown.
James James Morrison's Mother
Drove to the end of the town.
James James Morrison's Mother
Said to herself, said she:
"I can get right down
to the end of the town
and be back in time for tea."

King John
Put up a notice,

  James James
Morrison Morrison
(Commonly known as Jim)
Told his
Other relations
Not to go blaming him.
James James
Said to his Mother,
"Mother," he said, said he:
"You must never go down to the end of the town
without consulting me."

James James
Morrison's mother
Hasn't been heard of since.
King John said he was sorry,
So did the Queen and Prince.
King John
(Somebody told me)
Said to a man he knew:
If people go down to the end of the town, well,
what can anyone do?"

(Now then, very softly)
W.G.Du P.
Took great
C/O his M*****
Though he was only 3.
J.J. said to his M*****
"M*****," he said, said he:

Autumn's in the air.
AUTUMN 2004 -Ergon Ani
I'll leave you with the aria from La Wally, sung by Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez in Diva, what all the to do is about.

POST SCRIPT - A few late additions:

Delighted that Pete Polanyk has featured some of my garden photos in his blog 'Weeds Up To Me Knees' and also includes Vic's garden related song selection 'And Roses And Roses' by Astrid Gilberto.
New Releases, etc:

 Band of Holy Joy 'The Land of Holy Joy' - release 21st September 2015, taster and available to preorder here:
Louder Than War review 9/10: 

Live dates:

Goings on at Stereogram Recordings

Released 31st August Lola in Slacks debut single 'Tramlines'. Louder Than War interview and review:

New Download Single by The Cathode Ray 'This Force Of Nature', from their highly acclaimed 'nfinite Variety' album. It will also exclusively feature DJ Tony McQue's remix of "Resist" as a bonus track. 

To coincide with the release on the 14th September.The Cathode Ray will be joining Band of Holy Joy here:
19th September Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough 
20th September  Admiral Bar, Glasgow 
21st September The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh 

 Out Next Month! 
 The new release from our old muckers The Bitter Springs 'Cuttlefish & Love's Remains' is out on Monday 19th October 2015 ... Si's been hard at it, 14 tracks on the CD version and 15 on the download. There is a special launch show at The Beveree Stadium Hampton on Saturday 17th October where your £10 admittance fee includes a copy of 'Cuttlefish and Love's Remains'. 

Really, really done now, honest guv and leaving you with a bubbling under ear worm, this song by Vic's friends The Embassy is growing on me ( I think I blame Port Sulphur!) 'The Pointer', listen out for the Sex Pistols line!